T20 Domestic Cup
Levi's heroics sink Knights
Richard Levi (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - Richard Levi's RAM SLAM T20 season burst into life in the most spectacular fashion possible on Friday as he hit the second highest score in South Africa’s Twenty20 franchise history to give the Cape Cobras a bonus-point win over the Knights at Chevrolet Park.STANDINGS: RAM SLAM T20
Levi slammed 113 from just 61 balls on his return to the Cobras side as they posted 208/3 - their highest tally against the Knights in this format.
Sunil Narine then made a clinical start to his Cobras career by registering figures of 2-18, as the Knights mustered just 128/8 in reply to slide to an 80-run defeat.
Only Quinton de Kock has a higher score than Levi’s in domestic Twenty20, with the left-hander having hit 126 not out against the Cobras at Senwes Park last season.
However, Levi’s knock was all the more remarkable for the fact that he had started the season with back-to-back ducks before he was left out of the last two matches by the Cobras selectors.
With Graeme Smith enjoying a week’s break, Levi had another opportunity to shine and he didn’t disappoint, hammering eight sixes and nine fours in a devastating innings.
While Levi unleashed at one end, Hashim Amla (65 off 42 balls) cruised at the other as the pair put on 171 in 15 overs for the first wicket.
Although the dismissal of Levi pegged the Cobras back as the Knights restricted them to 37 in the last five overs, the visitors nevertheless finished with the sixth highest total in the tournament’s history.
The Knights were never likely to threaten it, and although they made a brisk start they lost wickets at regular intervals as Robin Peterson, Beuran Hendricks, Narine and JP Duminy picked up two apiece.
While the chase always appeared futile, Reeza Hendricks at least kept himself in top form - and top of the run-scoring charts - as he batted through the innings to score an unbeaten 64.
The Cobras remain top of the RAM SLAM T20 table on 17 points - five ahead of their nearest rivals, the Titans.